Headlines for Thursday, April 30, 2009

  • THS: Kentucky Derby Picks

    Jason, Evan, Tom, and the Wizard take on the Kentucky Derby, analyzing the pace scenario, noting the horses with wet-track pedigrees, and making their picks. Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Kentucky Derby contenders is only a click away. Kentucky Derby 135 Contenders: Pedigree Profiles includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter, Avalyn Hunter, and Tom Hall. Order your copy today!

  • Bob Baffert Interview

    Lenny Shulman talks with Bob Baffert, trainer of Pioneerof the Nile.

  • Jockey Roberts Records First Career Win

    Apprentice jockey Anna Roberts recorded her first career riding victory April 29 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino when she booted home 3-2 race favorite King of Mardi Gras in the evening's ninth race.

  • Acting Lady, who won the Providencia Stakes on April 4, takes on several familiar foes in the Senorita Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7980575%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Providencia Quartet in Senorita Rematch

    Acting Lady, Mrs Kipling, Pasar Silbano and Burg Berg, the first four finishers in that order in the Providencia Stakes (gr. IIT) at one mile on the Santa Anita turf April 4, meet again in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park May 3.

  • Churchill Downs

    TVG Gets Churchill, other TrackNet Signals

    Customers of TVG will be able to wager on the Churchill Downs spring meet beginning May 1, it was announced in the early evening of April 30. The limited-term deal also includes wagering on the 2009 Arlington Park meet and Calder Race Course meet through Oct. 31.

  • Aegean overtakes Jealous Again to win the Kentucky Juvenile.

    Aegean Tops Ky. Juvenile; Ward Sweeps Exacta

    Trainer Wesley Ward, who had recent success with 2-year-olds at the Keeneland spring meet, continued his hot steak with Aegean and Jealous Again when the fillies ran one-two in the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile (gr. III) April 30 at Churchill Downs.

  • Hickey: Industry Must Be Diligent in D.C.

    There's a new president in town, and a Congress even more dominated by Democrats, but one of the nation's top lobbyists for equine interests said April 30 that the horse industry must be ever-diligent about protecting and advancing its positions in Washington, D.C.

  • And They're Off - Kentucky Derby Edition

    Lenny and Steve are on the backside at Churchill Downs, where they discuss the Derby Draw, the many feel-good stories in this year's Derby, interview Papa Clem's trainer Gary Stute, and last but not least, give their picks for the big race.

  • Filming "The Thoroughbred" at Churchill Downs, l-r, Hallie Gay Walden Bagley, Matt Grimm, Brent Abshear (sound/red hat), and producer Paul Wagner.

    Thoroughbred Documentary Filming at Churchill

    A year and a half after Kentucky Education Television received a $2.25 million endowment to film a documentary called "The Thoroughbred," the project was in full swing during Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs.

  • Roberto Gonzalez Breaks Neck Vertebrae

    Veteran 54-year-old jockey Roberto Gonzalez will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking the C-2 vertebrae in his neck and his left ankle in a spill at Golden Gate Fields April 29.

  • Past Derby Winners: Big Brown

    Big Brown, who is standing his first season at Three Chimneys, was last year’s Triple Crown hopeful, as he won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Going off in the Derby as the 2-1 favorite, he became the first horse since 1929 to win the race from the 20th gate. Though he fell short in the Belmont Stakes, and had to be retired due to a back foot injury, he still closed out his career with the title of champion 3-year-old male. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

  • Kentucky Derby Contenders: Pedigree Profiles

    Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders is only a click away. This easy-to-read report includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter, Avalyn Hunter, and Tom Hall. Order your copy today and separate the contenders from the pretenders.

  • Hold Me Back gallops at Churchill Downs on April 30. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8057486%2F%3Fo%3D6">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Derby Report: 48 Hours and Counting

    The big day is almost here. No, not the Derby; having to make selections, which will be in Friday's column. These selections are based primarily on observations over the past eight days, and it's going to be particularly difficult this year. In the meantime, he are a few late odds and ends.

  • Rachel Alexandra at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2009.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8057488%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Never Really an Option for 'Rachel'

    In the opinion of her breeder and co-owner, Dolphus Morrison, Kentucky Oaks morning-line favorite Rachel Alexandra "could have been competitive" in the Run for the Roses, but he said he "didn't have a fleeting thought" of running her against the boys.

  • Pennsylvania Slots Produce $200M for Purses

    A "benchmark report" on slot machines in Pennsylvania shows a 39.3% increase in purses paid at Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks from 2007 to 2008, but double-digit declines in total pari-mutuel handle during the same period.

  • Wayne Lukas

    Oaks: Lukas Reveals Trio Attack Strategy

    For the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Lukas has not one, not two, but three fillies that are looking to take the lilies from overwhelming favorite Rachel Alexandra...or at least get a whiff of them by checking in second, third, or even fourth.

  • Zenyatta at Churchill Downs.

    Zenyatta May Not Run on Oaks Undercard

    Although the Kentucky Oaks undercard May 1 got an added dose of excitement when trainer John Shirreffs announced 2008 champion older female Zenyatta would make her 5-year-old debut in the Louisville Distaff (gr. II), the talented Street Cry mare may be forced to scratch due to weather.

  • Alabama Nana Dead

    Alabama Nana, a New York graded stakes winner, died April 29 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Who Will Get to the Eighth Pole First?

    In 51 of the last 54 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go in the race, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader at that point. In all, 40 of the last 54 winners, or 74%, were on the lead at the eighth pole.

  • Papa Clem training at Churchill Downs

    Oh Papa! Papa Clem in :34 Blowout

    In an "old school" move, trainer Gary Stute sent out his Papa Clem for a three-furlong blowout at Churchill Downs two days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Under jockey Rafael Bejarano, the son of Smart Strike threw down a :34 clocking.

  • Rain Forecast for Oaks, Derby

    As you handicap this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), you better ask yourself not only who can get a mile and a quarter, but who can do so on an off track.

  • Gary Stute, trainer of Papa Clem

    Human Stories Dominate Derby

    The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) isn't just about the horse. This edition boasts an unusually fertile crop of human-interest stories in the connections behind the horses.

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute - 04/30/09

    Lenny Shulman reports from the Churchill Downs paddock.  Today's headlines include Papa Clem's 3 furlong breeze, Rachel Alexandra,Friesan Fire and Pioneerof the Nile making appearances, and also the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday.

  • Past Derby Winners: Street Sense

    Street Sense, who was named champion 2-year-old colt after capturing the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, became the first winner of that race to also take the Kentucky Derby. He was also the first champion 2-year-old colt to win the Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979. Street Sense went on to win that year’s Travers Stakes and finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. His breeding rights were purchased by the Maktoum family’s Darley operation and he is now standing at Darley’s Jonabell Farm near Lexington. His first foals were born this year.Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.